Mayor & Council
Mayor Howard Rubenstein
Phone: (251) 375-5333
Dr. Howard Rubenstein received his BS degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, in Chicago. He completed residency training in Family Medicine in Pensacola, Florida.
Dr. Rubenstein has resided in Saraland since 1985. He is co-founder of the Saraland Medical Arts Clinic and Rubenstein Family Medical Associates. He is a past-president of the Saraland Lions Club, the Saraland Area Chamber of Commerce, the Saraland Civic Forum, and the Delta School Association, which led to the formation of the Saraland City School System. For 21 years, Dr. Rubenstein volunteered as the team physician for the Satsuma High School Gators and now performs this service for the Saraland Spartans. (Go Spartans!) Dr. Rubenstein was honored as the Saraland Civic Forum’s Citizen of the Year in 1995.
Dr. Rubenstein recently completed a three-year term as Chairman of the Department of Family Medicine at Springhill Medical Center. He holds the rank of Associate Professor at the University of South Alabama, College of Medicine, and helped train medical students and residents for careers in primary care medicine. Dr. Rubenstein serves as medical director for Coastal Hospice.
In 1996, Dr. Rubenstein began his service to the City as a Councilmember. He was chosen as Saraland’s first Council President when a change in the form of government occurred in 2004, and was reelected to that position in 2008. He has served as the City’s liaison to the Saraland Board of Education from its inception. Dr. Rubenstein was serving his fourth term on the Council, when he transitioned into the position of Mayor in January 2011. Dr. Rubenstein has earned the Advanced Certified Municipal Official status from the Alabama League of Municipalities and was elected to the Executive Committee of the organization in June 2011.
Dr. Rubenstein has been married to wife, Tamara, for the past 28 years. He has two sons, both graduates of the University of South Alabama.
City Council Meetings
Council meetings are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. Meetings are held in the Council Chambers at the Saraland Municipal Annex and start at 6:30 pm. Pre-meetings are at 6:00 prior to Council meetings in the Chamber meeting room.
Work sessions are scheduled for the Mondays preceding Council meetings on Thursday. Meetings are held in the Chamber of Commerce meeting room (in the Annex) and start at 6:00 pm.
Councilman Joe McDonald
Phone: (251) 599-8870
- Parks & Recreation Committee Chairman
- Public Safety Committee Co-Chairman
- Married to Susie for 15 years
- Four children, Joseph (Joe Joe) 11 years old, Josie 7 years old, twins, James Paul (JP) and Susie Lu, three years old
- Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Alabama with a minor in Political Science
- Graduate of Satsuma High School
- Lifelong resident of Saraland
- Member of Shiloh Baptist Church
Councilman Newton Cromer
Council Place 2
J. Newton Cromer was first elected to the Saraland City Council in 2004. He currently serves as the Council President and as chairman of the Park, Recreation and Senior Activities Committee. He received Advanced Certified Municipal Official training and was elected as Vice Chair of the Economic and Community Advisory Committee through the Alabama League of Municipalities. He is a past President of the Mobile County Municipal Association.
Newton has been married to Carol Earle Cromer since 1981 and they have two grown children, Christine Cromer and Joseph Cromer. He is a graduate of Clemson University. He has lived in Mobile County for over 34 years.
Newton is employed with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Real Estate Division. He is a nationally recognized Real Estate instructor for the U.S. Army Prospect Program and has completed Army Leadership training. He is an active member and Deacon at Shiloh Baptist Church in Saraland, AL.
Newton has been actively serving for over 20 years in Saraland coaching, administering and mentoring Saraland youth in baseball, softball, football and Upward programs. He is a supporter of Saraland City School System, senior programs, park and recreational activities, public safety programs, street resurfacing projects, upgrades to sanitation facilities, active with the Saraland Chamber of Commerce and supports public health initiatives. Newton is an active member of Keep Saraland Beautiful, Saraland Lions Club, Pentalpha Lodge, National Rifle Association, Boy Scouts, Salvation Army Board and many other service organizations.
Newton has a passion for service to our community and the betterment of quality of life for all.
Councilman Wayne Biggs
Council Place 3
Wayne was born in Chickasaw, Alabama on January 7, 1956 and has spent most of his life as a resident of Saraland. He graduated from Satsuma High School in 1974 and went on to attend the University of Southern Mississippi majoring in Music Education.
After leaving USM in 1976, Wayne worked his way into sales management in the wholesale grocery business. In 1983, he left the grocery business to learn the coffee service business in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was promoted to Regional Sales Manager for the southeast US in 1985 and in May of 1987 he returned to Saraland and started his own coffee service business.
Over the years, Wayne has been active in coaching Little League baseball, has been active as a “softball parent” and band parent, and he and his wife Martha teach Sunday School at First Baptist North Mobile. Wayne is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce.
Wayne and Martha have four grown children, and three grand-daughters.
Wayne was elected to the City Council in 2012
Councilman Paul Stanley
Council Place 4
Paul Stanley received his B.S. degree from the University of Alabama School of Business in 1964. He was an officer in The Society for the Advancement of Management and was employed by the University in their Office of Administration while a student.
Paul has been married for 48 years to Carolyn who taught school in the North Mobile area for years after receiving her degree in Education from the University of Alabama. They have two daughters, both graduates of the University of Alabama, and two grandsons.
After being employed with a large manufacturing company for eight years, Paul chose to become self-employed. He now is principal owner of four small businesses in Saraland that employ approximately 100 people. His companies market to both domestic and international customers.
Paul is a life-long resident of Saraland and served on the Planning Commission for 18 years. He is a member of Saraland Lions Club, the Rotary Club and the Chamber of Commerce. Paul and Carolyn are active members of Shiloh Baptist Church.
Councilwoman Veronica Hudson
Council Place 5
Dr. Veronica Elaine Smith Hudson received her BSN from Mobile College in 1984 and her MSN from the University of Mobile in 2003. While working as a Professor of Nursing at the University of South Alabama she received her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Community Health from the University of South Alabama in 2007.
Dr. Hudson has resided in Saraland since 1965 and graduated from Satsuma High School in 1979. She started working at Springhill Memorial Hospital in 1985 with various positions of Pediatric Nurse, Recovery Room Nurse, Charge Nurse, Nurse Educator, Nurse Supervisor and Nurse Manager. She presently works as a Nurse Manager of Postpartum and Newborn Nursery at the University of South Alabama Children’s and Women’s Hospital.
Dr. Hudson was selected as one of the first five school board members of Saraland Board of Education. While serving as a School Board Commissioner she chaired the legal committee and co-chaired the superintendent search committee. She chaired the Community Advisory Council (CAP) and helped to organized community support that helped to select the Spartan mascot and the red and gray school colors.
Dr. Hudson is the President of Saraland Satsuma Community Education Council, a member of Keep Saraland Beautiful, the Rotary Club, Toastmasters International, and a sponsor of the Historical Bailey Cemetery. She attends Calvary Temple in Saraland and has been a longtime member of Freewill Pentecostal Church of God in Mobile. She was nominated as Citizen of the Year in 2008, 2009, and 2010.
Dr. Hudson was appointed to the City Council in 2009. She is the chairperson of Public Utilities and has chaired the city employee’s health insurance committee for the past two years. She introduced to the City Council a Smoke Free Saraland.
Dr. Hudson has been married to Fred Hudson for over 25 years. They have two daughters (both graduate of the University of South Alabama), and two sons (both in community college).